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Indians vs Rays Game Thread (Sunday): Tomlin looks for series win versus Chris Archer

It's Josh Tomlin versus Chris Archer on Mother's Day as the Tribe look for the series-clinching victory this afternoon.

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Cleveland Indians @ Tampa Bay Rays

Sunday, May 11, 2014, 1:40 p.m. ET, Tropicana Field

TV: STO (CLE), Sun Sports (TB)

Radio: WTAM (CLE), WDAE (TB)

Series Preview

Today's Lineups

Michael Bourn - CF David DeJesus - DH
Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B Ben Zobrist - 2B
Michael Brantley - DH Matt Joyce - LF
Carlos Santana - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B
David Murphy - RF James Loney - 1B
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Wil Myers - RF
Yan Gomes - C Desmond Jennings - CF
Nyjer Morgan - LF Yunel Escobar - SS
Mike Aviles - 2B Jose Molina - C
Josh Tomlin - RHP Chris Archer - RHP


Josh Tomlin takes the mound this Mother's Day and will be hoping to build upon the excellent start he had last week against the Twins. Tomlin made his return from Tommy John surgery in fine style, pitching 6.2 innings, with 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts, recording his first major league victory in nearly two years. His opponent today will be Chris Archer, who is having a so-so season. His ERA is rather high at 4.91 but his FIP is more encouraging 2.93.

Michael Brantley will be the Indians' DH today, getting some rest as Nyjer Morgan slots into left field. Lonnie Chisenhall is batting second, as Francona looks to get the offense back on track since last night's dismal showing in the 7-1 loss to the Rays.

Happy Mother's Day to you all (we have already had ours in Britain, but enjoy your day US mums!). Let's hope the Tribe can get the win today and make all the Tribe-supporting mothers happy.

Today's other AL Central games

Detroit Tigers (Robbie Ray) vs. Minnesota Twins (Samuel Dedudo), 1:08 PM

Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson) vs. Chicago White Sox (Hector Noesi), 2:10 PM

Kansas City Royals (Jeremy Guthrie) at Seattle Mariners (Roenis Elias), 4:10 PM

Today's Indians minor league affiliate games

AAA: Syracuse at Columbus (Kyle Davies), 1:05 PM

AA: Altoona at Akron (Will Roberts), 2:05 PM

A+: Carolina at Salem (Ryan Merritt), 4:05 PM

A-: No game today